Washington: Senior US officials said on Sunday they could not confirm reports that US intelligence indicated Russia was planning to invade Ukraine on Wednesday (February 16). However, he said he would try to deter any “surprise attack” by sharing what he knew about Russia’s plans.
White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan reiterated that the Russian offensive could start any day and President Joe Biden said he would support Ukraine and defend NATO territory in the event of any aggression.
‘We can’t completely predict the day’
Sullivan told CNN’s “State of the Union” when asked about a possible Wednesday timing, saying, “We can’t exactly predict the day, but we’ve been saying for some time now that Ukraine will be attacked by Russia.” An offensive could begin any day now – a major military action could begin, including the week before the end of the Olympics.
“We will defend every inch of NATO territory, every inch of Article 5 Territory, and we think Russia fully understands that message,” Sullivan said in a separate interview with CBS’s “Face the Nation” program. ” Ukraine is not part of the NATO alliance.
‘Military action can happen any day’
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby also declined to confirm the report as of Wednesday’s timing on Sunday. During an interview, Kirby said, “I am not in a position to confirm those reports.” However, he also said that Russian military action could happen any day.